Great Egrets and Wood Storks

Sadly with the lack of rain in Florida, many wading birds are pretty much forced to be in tight groups as they attempt to get whatever food they can as the water levels drop in this pond. This also gives photographers an opportunity to photograph wading birds in their natural habitat.



Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden
Great Egret | Alice Mary Herden


Link: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/great_egret/id



Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden

Sharing the water area with the Great Egrets are a few Wood Storks. I love how the sun reveals that shimmering green within their iridescent black wings.

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Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden
Wood Stork | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links

http://fl.audubon.org/birds/wood-stork

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/wood-stork/


 

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

It’s is amazing how wildlife kids transform, how this juvenile little blue heron is pure white and within a year will turn all blue.

Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 12 | Alice Mary Herden

The photo above is one of two juveniles with one of the parents not far behind.

These are wading birds that forge for minnows, crayfish, and frogs on the edges of marshes and ponds.

Wading Bird. They can be found in both freshwater and saltwater areas, though more species tend to favor freshwater habitats. Bogs, marshes, mudflats, shorelines, ponds and flooded areas are all popular habitats for wading birds, and they can even be found in urban and suburban areas such as along golf course ponds. Source: https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-a-wading-bird-387103

Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden

So how to tell if you are seeing a Little Blue? Legs and beak… The legs are greenish and their beak has bluish tint color with a dark blue tip.


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/little-blue-heron

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/little-blue-heron/

Black-crowned Night Heron

Recently in Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park has a great boardwalk for nature photographers and while observing the Black-crowned Night Heron, I learned something.

This is just an observation guess… notice what the bird does while its beak is in the water. My guess is that by gently snapping into the water creates a vibration which will bring fish or other species from underwater to the surface.

Pretty neat!

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron | Alice Mary Herden | January 2019

 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-crowned_Night-Heron/overview

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

 

Little Blue

The Little Blue Heron… super neat transformation this heron goes through. When they are juveniles their feathers are completely white with dusty bluish tips and going into their immature to an adult stage they begin molting; feathers start changing.

 

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Little Blue Heron | Alice Mary Herden

 

Like any wading bird, most spend a considerable amount of time preening.. and those are the best photo ops!


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/little-blue-heron

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Little_Blue_Heron/id

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/little-blue-heron/


 

Don’t forget to check out my Little Blue Heron Photo Gallery: https://green-flymedia.smugmug.com/Nature-Wildlife/Birds/Little-Blue-Heron/

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The Beautiful Wood Stork

There are so many people that I have come across that cannot identify wildlife that is common to Flordia. “Ya, that big white bird.” and that is concerning.

One thing about wildlife/nature photography is to LEARN as much as you can about what you are photographing, or at least know what species it is.

This is not just a white bird, this is a very uniquely created wading bird, and is on the threatened species list due to loss of habitat.

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Wood Stork

The Wood Stork is a beautiful bird, just a simple wading bird with a powerful profile.

 

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Wood Stork perched on a snag limb. 

 

Links:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/wood-stork/

http://fl.audubon.org/birds/wood-stork

https://www.fpl.com/environment/pdf/wood-stork.pdf

https://www.fws.gov/northflorida/WoodStorks/wood-storks.htm